A MATCHMAKING system to bring together farmers, vets and agricultural students at lambing time is now under way for the coming season.
The National Sheep Association Lambing List for 2013/14 is being made available, with the intention of linking farmers who need assistance at lambing time with veterinary and agricultural students required to undertake a lambing placement as part of their studies.
NSA Chief Executive Phil Stocker said: "The Lambing List is part of NSA's support for the next generation of sheep farmers and large animal vets, and is hugely valued by both the students and farmers who use it.
"It's a very simple but effective process – we collate a list of NSA members looking for help at lambing time and provide contact details so students can approach them directly to ask for a placement.
" It's a great service for our members, but also provides a boost for young people keen to get ahead. And an added bonus this year is the list will be hosted on our new website dedicated to young people – www.nsanextgeneration.org. uk, meaning students seeking the list will also find an online resource packed with useful information about forging a career in the sheep sector."
Students should email youngentrants@national sheep.org.uk if they want to be updated when the list goes online and each time it is updated.
Farmers wishing to be added to the list should contact NSA Head Office as soon as they can, by calling 01684 892661 or by emailing membership@ nationalsheep.org.uk with their name, NSA membership number, address and contact telephone numbers, plus the dates help is required.
Other useful information should include how many students/helpers required, whether or not accommodation can be provided, if experienced help is required, the number of ewes to lamb, and if they lamb indoors or outdoors.